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This chapter explores listening practices in a soundwalk through consideration of Luce Irigaray’s ideas about intimate and ethical listening. The conceptualization of love as involving listening that is not yet coded but instead is open to the unknown is discussed as a valuable theoretical model for improvisational listening in public spaces, ideal for understanding the unpredictable shifts and changes of the sound environment. The structure of the soundwalk favors listening conversations that acknowledge partial knowledges (Donna Haraway) and intimate risk in soundwalking improvisation.

This chapter explores improvisation as a methodology for the creation of community-engaged, site-specific sound art projects. It...

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